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Poster: Jim F Date: May 11, 2010 1:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 5/13-20-26/73

I was just taking notice of how these 3 shows are virtually identical. All have 3 sets, the main jam in all 3 is Truckin>Other One>Eyes, they all feature a Playin and a HC Sunshine, etc. I see these being hacked up for a Road Trips someday. Big jam from 5/26, random stuff from 5/13 and 5/20 surely including a Playin and a HC Sunshine, and of course the bonus disc which will prob have one of the other big jams and a Playin on it.

Anyway, I'm curious about people's opinion's on the strengths and weaknesses of the 3? I think everybody is too quick to just say "5/26 is hands down the 'best.'" That's too easy. You can't discount the jam from 5/13...

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: May 11, 2010 1:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/13-20-26/73

5/26 is certainly, the "hands down best" performance of the three. Alhough you didn't want to hear that, I don't think that it can be disputed. The third set jam sequence is without a doubt, the most compelling of the three. The segue into the Other One is rather unique, particularly the NOT Mind Left Body Jam and the percussion driven jam during the last several minutes just prior to the Other One intro.

Just my opinion, but I dont find anything particularly special about the Des Moines performance. As you pointed out, the set-lists are very similar and with a few exceptions (2/15, 3/21, 3/24 and 3/28), there is quite a bit of parity in the quality of the performances during February through May of the year. It's a good show for the period, but virtually every performance during 1973 is at least solid. However the sketchy sound quality of the recordings of 5/13/73 are another reason it doesnt stand out. Although partials of the jam suite now circulate in excellent quality (likely poached from the Taper's Section), there are a couple more performances of this sequence that I find more compelling.

The performance at U.C.S.B. is excellent, with a nice smokey Nobody's Jam and a fine jazzy Other One, as well a terrific performances of Playin' and HC Sunshine. But this one too falls just a bit short of the Kezar jams in my opinion. Though the song certainly improves over the course of the year, I do like the edgy early versions of Eyes.

If the band was going to offer a Road Trips release from early '73 I would rather see one comprised of material from the Universal City run. Or better yet, complete show releases of 3/24 or 6/22.

But personally, I think the performances from late-October through December are much stronger than the first half of 1973. Philly and Vancouver are the only shows from the first half of '73 that make it onto my top-ten list for the year. The jamming is much tighter and more cohesive during the later half of the year. And though the set-lists are also quite similar, the jamming is more unique. I do enjoy 5/20 and 5/26 however I prefer the versions of this particular jam sequence on both 9/7 and 11/14.

But perhaps the performances of Dark Star outshine those of The Other One during 1973?